Green Mountain Marathon and Half Marathon

50th GMAA
Green Mountain Marathon
and Half Marathon

Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

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COURSE:  The certified (VT15006JK and VT15005JK) marathon and half-marathon begin and end near the house where Clarence H. DeMar, seven-time Boston Marathon Winner, once lived. The full marathon course is out and back on the west shore of South Hero and Grand Isle; a land of farms, apple orchards, and summer cottages. The terrain is flat to rolling and about half dirt road (hard packed and well maintained). The half-marathon course is also an out and back that finishes at the Folsom School (same as the full marathon).Re

The time cut off for the marathon is 6 hours.  The time cut off for the half-marathon is 4 hours.

AID STATIONS:  There will be an aid station approximately every 2 miles starting at mile 2 and stopping at mile 24 for a total of 12 aid stations (2-3 porta-potties on course). Water and electrolyte drink will be supplied at all aid stations. Additional assistance will be available to runners in the form of sweep vehicles.

REGISTRATION:  Pre-registration is now open. Register Online (online registration closes Oct 16).
Entry fee for marathon is $60 pre-registration; $70 race day (GMAA members subtract $10).
Entry fee for half-marathon is $40 pre-registration; $50 race day (GMAA members subtract $5).

Race day registration is from 7am to 7:45am
Maximum total number of runners is 750.
There is no race refund if you cannot participate.
There are no deferrals.
There is no wait list.
There are no bib transfers.

You may change the race distance. There is a $10 charge for switching from the full marathon to the half-marathon (no refund will be given for the difference in price). There is a $10 charge for changing from the half-marathon to the full marathon plus the difference in price. Click here to make changes.
Please confirm that you are registering for the correct event: Half-Marathon or Full Marathon before your complete your transaction. Thank you!

SHIRTS:  All participants will receive a race shirt.  Shirts are unisex-sized.

RESTRICTIONS:  Runners must be age 16 or older.

PACKET PICKUP:  Other runners may pick up a friend or family member’s race packet.
Friday 12-7 pm at SkiRack
Saturday 10-2 pm at SkiRack & 4-7 pm at Folsom School
Sunday 7-8 am at Folsom School

SkiRack (located at 85 Main Street, in Burlington, VT) will be offering a 20% discount on all running gear (except for electronics, which is 10% discount) to anyone who presents a Green Mountain Marathon race Bib October 11th-October 13th.

AWARDS:  Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers, the top masters, as well as the top male and female finisher in each age-group.
Medals to all marathon and half-marathon finishers.

RESULTS:  Results will be sent to the web sites of the GMAANew England Runner and Cool Running.


South Hero, Vermont is approximately 20 miles from Burlington (nearest major airport). From Burlington, take I-89 north to the Milton/Lake Champlain Islands Exit 17 (Route 2); take Route 2 north and west to South Hero; South Street is a left turn in the center of South Hero village at the 4 corners. Folsom School is 1 mile down South Street on the left.

From New York, take exit 39 off Interstate 87 (Plattsburg) and take route 314 to the ferry across the lake; After the ferry turn right; at route 2 turn right and head towards South Hero Village.

Burlington, Vermont is located 100 miles from Montreal, 200 miles from Boston and 300 miles from New York City, and is easily accessible via interstate highways and Burlington International Airport.


The Folsom School’s 7th and 8th graders welcome you to South Hero, Vermont! Pick-up your race packet and join us at our Infinite Pasta-bilities Dinner at Folsom School on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out the running route and dine on pasta with local vegetables, marinara sauce, meatballs, and pesto as well as salad and other sides. The meal will be followed by a tasting from a selection of mouth-watering local apple desserts.
The cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults. All proceeds will benefit the 7/8 team’s spring trip. We hope you will come! Questions about the dinner: Please contact Julie at


Island Lodging on the race course (primarily small inns and B&Bs):
Allenholm B&B 1-888-721-5566 (adjacent to Folsom School)
Crescent Farm Bay Farm B&B 1-802-372-4807 (mile 2-3)
Ferry Watch Inn 1-802-372-3935 (mile 8-9)
Adams Landing Bed and Breakfast 1-802-372-4830 (mile 10-11)
Sister Island Sunsets 1-802-285-6214 (mile 10-11)
link to full list of island lodging (maintained by the Islands Chamber of Commerce)

Lodging at exit 16 off Route 89 (Colchester/Winooski)
Fairfield Inn 1-802-655-1400
Hampton Inn 1-802-655-6177

Lodging at exit 14 off Route 89 (Burlington/South Burlington)
Best Western 1-800-528-1234
Holiday Inn 1-800-465-4329


If you can picture the Lake Champlain Islands in mid-October, then you have reason to join us. If you have never seen Vermont or the ‘Islands’ in October, then you have even more reason to join us with your entire family.

Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce (800)262-5226
Champlain Valley Chamber of Commerce (802)863-3489
Lake Champlain Ferries (802)864-9804

PAST RUNNER TESTIMONIALS:  Marathon provides runner feedback for various races. Follow this link to hear what other runners have had to say about the Green Mountain Marathon and Half Marathon.

The Green Mountain Marathon is held for runners by runners. Our goal is to offer a quality marathon at an affordable price in a relaxed setting.  Come join us!

VOLUNTEERS:  As with any event, it takes volunteers to make things happen. If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer at our race, we would greatly appreciate it. We need volunteers in the following areas: Water Stops/Aid Stations, Crossing Guards/Course Marshals, Packet pick-up, Finish Line, Traffic/Parking, and Runner Food Preparation.
Please email

INFORMATION:  Race Directors: Nik Ponzio and Bob Monette email:

PAST RACES:  Past results, age group records, and pictures located here


  • Certified Marathon with all miles marked
  • Can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon
  • Start and finish at 190′ elevation
  • Max elevation: 210′ (miles 1 and 25)
  • Min elevation: 100′ (several locations)
  • Lake Champlain elevation: 95′

NOTE: GMAA/Insurance rules prohibit running with a baby jogger or dog. For safety reasons and as a courtesy to fellow runners, GMAA strongly discourages the use of headphones.

There are no refunds, deferrals or transfers.